Why would I need a dental crown?
Dental crowns help replace lost structure. If your tooth has been decayed, fractured or significant tooth structure is gone a dental crown may be needed. It protects the underlying remaining tooth from fracturing and decreases the likelihood of subsequently having to extract the fractured tooth.
A dental crown can be either tooth coloured (used in most cases), or an alloy of gold (used in specific cases, where the bite is extremely strong).
A dental crown restores or enhances the aesthetic appearance of the broken or discolored tooth, as the tooth coloured crowns give the feel of a real tooth.
Dental crown usage after root canal
All teeth that have had a root canal treatment are weak as they have experienced an extensive loss of tooth structure. They also become darker with time. Dental crowns are thus crucial after completion of a root canal treatment to protect these teeth from breaking and to restore their aesthetic look.
How is a dental crown made?
A crown usually takes two visits:
Your first visit
- Your dentist will numb your tooth and reduce a small thickness of its outer surface (between 1-2mm)
- Impressions of your teeth are then taken, and a temporary crown is replaced on the tooth being repaired
- The impressions are sent to our excellent Australian lab for the crown to be made
Your second visit
- The temporary crown is removed and permanent crown is glued onto your tooth
Book in today to discuss your dental crown options.